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This is a list of the world's busiest seaports by cargo tonnage, the total mass, or in some cases volume, of actual cargo transported through the port. The rankings are based on AAPA world port ranking data.

The cargo rankings based on tonnage should be interpreted with caution since these measures are not directly comparable and cannot be converted to a single, standardized unit. In the Measure column, MT = Metric Tons, HT = Harbor Tons, FT = Freight Tons, and RT = Revenue Tons.

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2012–2016Edit

Rank Port Country 2016 kiloton[1][2] 2015 kiloton[3][4] 2014 kiloton[5][6] 2013 kiloton[7][8] 2012 kiloton[9][10]
1 Ningbo-Zhoushan   China MT 922,092 889,000 873,470 810,000 744,000
2 Shanghai   China MT 647,446 646,514 678,376 696,985 644,659
3 Singapore   Singapore FT 593,297 575,846 581,268 560,888 538,012
4 Guangzhou   China MT 544,374 475,481 500,975 472,760 438,000
5 Port Hedland   Australia MT 484,510 452,940 446,922 488,000 288,443
6 Rotterdam   Netherlands MT 461,177 466,363 444,733 440,464 441,527
7 Qingdao   China MT 443,978 476,216 465,055 450,111 407,340
8 Tianjin   China MT 428,098 440,430 445,780 477,399 477,000
9 Busan   South Korea RT 349,708 347,713 335,411 313,295 298,689
10 Dalian   China MT 318,413 320,658 337,366 320,843 303,000
11 Gwangyang   South Korea RT 283,106 272,007 134,947 127,642 109,730
12 Hong Kong   China MT 256,730 256,488 297,737 276,055 269,282
13 South Louisiana   United States MT 237,594 235,058 242,578 216,445 228,677
14 Port Klang   Malaysia MT 235,457 219,768 217,289 198,928 195,856
15 Xiamen   China MT 243,197 200,500 184,604 171,885 155,131
16 Houston   United States MT 224,969 218,575 212,561 207,973 216,082
17 Antwerp   Belgium MT 214,170 208,423 199,012 190,849 184,136
18 Nagoya   Japan FT 193,257 197,947 207,621 208,241 202,556
19 Shenzhen   China MT 189,509 191,037 192,093 201,546 196,458
20 Itaqui   Brazil MT 179,914 146,647 ? 135,421 133,507

Rankings 2004–2011Edit

Rank Port Country Measure 2011[11]
kiloton
2010[12]
kiloton
2009[13]
kiloton
2008[14]
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2007[15]
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2006[16]
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2005[17]
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2004[18]
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1 Shanghai   China MT 590,439 534,371 505,715 508,000 561,446 537.0 443,000 378,962
2 Singapore   Singapore FT 531,176 501,566 472,300 515,415 483,616 448.5 423,267 393,418
3 Tianjin   China MT 459,941 400,000 381,110 365,163 309,465 257.6 245,100 206,161
4 Rotterdam   Netherlands MT 434,551 429,926 386,957 421,136 401,181 378.4 376,600 352,563
5 Guangzhou   China MT 431,000 425,600 364,000 347,000 341,363 302.8 241,700 215,190
6 Qingdao   China MT 372,000 350,120 274,304 278,271 265,020 224.2 184,300 161,650
7 Ningbo   China MT 348,911 408,180 371,540 361,850 471,630 309.7 272,400 225,850
8 Qinhuangdao   China MT 284,600 276,815 243,850 252,000 245,964 204.9 167,500 150,320
9 Busan   South Korea RT 281,513 262,963 226,182 241,683 243,564 217.9 217,200 219,760
10 Hong Kong   China, China MT 277,444 267,815 242,967 259,402 245,433 238.2 230,139 220,879
11 Port Hedland   Australia MT 246,672 198,997 178,625 159,391 130,707 111.8 110,600 108,500
12 South Louisiana   United States MT 223,633 214,337 192,853 203,157 207,785 204.6 192,549 203,517
13 Houston   United States MT 215,731 206,055 191,729 192,473 196,014 201.5 192,023 183,419
14 Dalian   China MT 211,065 200,000 204,000 246,000 222,859 200.5 176,800 145,162
15 Shenzhen   China MT 205,475 204,860 211,000 187,045 199,190 176.0 153,900 135,246
16 Klang   Malaysia FT 193,726 168,588 137,615 152,348 135,514 122.0 109,700 99,911
17 Antwerp   Belgium MT 187,151 178,167 157,807 189,390 182,897 167.4 160,100 152,300
18 Nagoya   Japan FT 186,305 185,703 165,101 218,130 215,602 208.0 187,100 182,289
19 Dampier   Australia MT 171,844 165,025 N/A 140,823 133,949 126.0 110,100 87,92
20 Ulsan   South Korea RT 163,181 150,933 170,314 170,279 168,652 161.1 103,50 156,500

2005Edit

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[17] +/- from 2004 % change from 2004
1 Shanghai   China MT 443,000 64,038 16.90
2 Singapore   Singapore FT 423,267 29,849 7.59
3 Rotterdam   Netherlands MT 376,600 24,037 6.82
4 Ningbo   China MT 272,400 46,550 20.61
5 Tianjin   China MT 245,100 38,939 18.89
6 Guangzhou   China MT 241,700 26,510 12.32
7 Hong Kong   China MT 230,139 9,260 4.19
8 Busan   South Korea RT 217,200 -2,560 -1.16
9 South Louisiana   United States MT 192,549 -10,968 -5.39
10 Houston   United States MT 192,023 8,604 4.69
11 Nagoya   Japan FT 187,100 4,811 2.64
12 Qingdao   China MT 184,300 22,650 14.01
13 Gwangyang   South Korea RT 177,500 11,625 7.01
14 Dalian   China MT 176,800 31,638 21.79
15 Qinhuangdao   China MT 167,500 17,180 11.43
16 Chiba   Japan FT 165,700 -3,554 -2.10
17 Antwerp   Belgium MT 160,100 7,773 5.10
18 Shenzhen   China MT 153,900 18,654 13.79
19 New York/New Jersey   United States MT 138,014 -314 -0.23
20 Kaohsiung   Taiwan MT 137,900 -14,568 -9.55
21 Yokohama   Japan FT 133,300 6,340 4.99
22 Hamburg   Germany MT 125,700 11,216 9.80
23 Incheon   South Korea RT 123,500 10,427 9.22
24 Port Hedland   Australia MT 110,600 2,100 1.94
25 Dampier   Australia MT 110,100 22,172 25.22
26 Klang   Malaysia FT 109,700 9,789 9.80
27 Ulsan   South Korea RT 103,500 -53,017 -33.87
28 Kitakyushu   Japan FT 101,700 -1,545 -1.50
29 Marseille   France MT 96,600 2,507 2.66
30 Osaka   Japan FT 93,100 -47 -0.05
31 Tubarão   Brazil MT 92,700 8,267 9.79
32 Port of Jebel Ali   United Arab Emirates MT 92,500 15,120 19.54
33 Tokyo   Japan FT 92,000 573 0.63
34 Kobe   Japan FT 91,200 5,539 6.47
35 Richards Bay   South Africa HT 86,600 1,646 1.94
36 Itaqui   Brazil MT 85,900 8,942 11.62
37 Newcastle   Australia MT 85,600 2,040 2.44
38 Hay Point   Australia MT 81,600 -3,959 -4.63
39 Vancouver   Canada MT 76,500 2,926 3.98
40 Huntington   United States MT 76,104 5,924 8.44
41 Le Havre   France MT 75,000 -1,175 -1.54
42 Amsterdam   Netherlands MT 74,900 1,724 2.36
43 Long Beach   United States MT 72,447 -237 -0.33
44 Santos   Brazil MT 71,900 4,291 6.35
45 Beaumont   United States MT 71,566 -11,677 -14.03
46 Novorossiysk   Russia MT 70,800
47 Corpus Christi, Texas   United States MT 70,441 -1,207 -1.68
48 Gladstone   Australia MT 67,200 4,052 6.42
49 Sepetiba   Brazil MT 67,100
50 Algeciras   Spain MT 63,500 2,206 3.60

2004Edit

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)[18] +/- from 2003 % change from 2003
1 Singapore   Singapore FT 393,418 45,724 13.15
2 Shanghai   China MT 378,962 62,752 19.85
3 Rotterdam   Netherlands MT 352,563 25,605 7.83
4 Ningbo   China MT 225,850 71,870 46.67
5 Hong Kong   China MT 220,879 13,267 6.39
6 Busan   South Korea RT 219,760 57,300 35.27
7 Guangzhou   China MT 215,190 47,470 28.30
8 Tianjin   China MT 206,161 44,341 27.40
9 South Louisiana   United States MT 203,517 23,024 12.76
10 Houston   United States MT 183,419 10,099 5.83
11 Nagoya   Japan FT 182,289 13,911 8.26
12 Chiba   Japan FT 169,254 254 0.15
13 Gwangyang   South Korea RT 165,875 786 0.48
14 Qingdao   China MT 161,650 20,750 14.73
15 Ulsan   South Korea RT 156,517 9,577 6.52
16 Kaohsiung   Republic of China MT 152,468 13,636 9.82
17 Antwerp   Belgium MT 152,327 9,452 6.62
18 Qinhuangdao   China MT 150,320 24,700 19.66
19 Dalian   China MT 145,162 19,142 15.19
20 New York/New Jersey   United States MT 138,328 5,890 4.45
21 Shenzhen   China MT 135,246 47,576 54.27
22 Yokohama   Japan FT 126,960 1,017 0.81
23 Hamburg   Germany MT 114,484 7,948 7.46
24 Incheon   South Korea RT 113,073 -17,945 -13.70
25 Port Hedland   Australia MT 108,500 18,701 20.83
26 Kitakyushu   Japan FT 103,245 14,355 16.15
27 Klang   Malaysia FT 99,911 11,023 12.40
28 Marseille   France MT 94,093 -1,452 -1.52
29 Osaka   Japan FT 93,147 3,460 3.86
30 Tokyo   Japan FT 91,427 2,952 3.34
31 Dampier   Australia MT 87,928 -952 -1.07
32 Kobe   Japan FT 85,661 6,902 8.76
33 Hay Point   Australia MT 85,559 8,013 10.33
34 Richards Bay   South Africa HT 84,954 -2,567 -2.93
35 Tubarão   Brazil MT 84,433 6,812 8.78
36 Newcastle   Australia MT 83,560 848 1.03
37 Beaumont   United States MT 83,243 3,773 4.75
38 Port of Jebel Ali   United Arab Emirates MT 77,380 13,754 21.62
39 Itaqui   Brazil MT 76,958 9,367 13.86
40 Le Havre   France MT 76,175 4,682 6.55
41 Vancouver   Canada MT 73,574 6,847 10.26
42 Amsterdam   Netherlands MT 73,176 7,715 11.79
43 Long Beach   United States MT 72,684 9,868 15.71
44 Corpus Christi, Texas   United States MT 71,648 1,543 2.20
45 New Orleans   United States MT 70,886 -5,230 -6.87
46 Huntington   United States MT 70,180 -303 -0.43
47 Santos   Brazil MT 67,609 7,532 12.54
48 Gladstone   Australia MT 63,148 3,487 5.84
49 Texas City   United States MT 61,987    
50 Algeciras   Spain MT 61,294 4,612 8.14

2003Edit

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s) +/- from 2002 % change from 2002
1 Singapore   Singapore FT 347,694 12,538 3.74
2 Rotterdam   Netherlands MT 326,958 5,107 1.59
3 Shanghai   China MT 316,210 77,604 32.52
4 Hong Kong   China MT 207,612 15,102 7.84
5 South Louisiana   United States MT 180,493 -15,952 -8.12
6 Houston   United States MT 173,320 12,130 7.52
7 Chiba   Japan FT 169,000 10,071 6.34
8 Nagoya   Japan FT 168,378 10,358 6.55
9 Guangzhou   China MT 167,720 27,325 19.46
10 Gwangyang   South Korea RT 165,089 11,642 7.59
11 Busan   South Korea RT 162,460 18,688 13.00
12 Tianjin   China MT 161,820 32,820 25.44
13 Ningbo   China MT 153,980 3,980 2.65
14 Ulsan   South Korea RT 146,940 -1,472 -0.99
15 Antwerp   Belgium MT 142,875 11,246 8.54
16 Qingdao   China MT 140,900 20,900 17.42
17 Kaohsiung   Republic of China MT 138,832 9,418 7.28
18 New York/New Jersey   United States MT 132,438 10,335 8.46
19 Incheon   South Korea RT 131,018 -15,163 -10.37
20 Dalian   China MT 126,020 18,482 17.19
21 Yokohama   Japan FT 125,943 7,871 6.67
22 Qinhuangdao   China MT 125,620 4,468 3.69
23 Hamburg   Germany MT 106,536 8,264 8.41
24 Marseille   France MT 95,545 3,284 3.56
25 Port Hedland   Australia MT 89,799 8,041 9.84
26 Osaka   Japan FT 89,687 3,188 3.69
27 Kitakyushu   Japan FT 88,890 4,641 5.51
28 Klang   Malaysia FT 88,888 6,617 8.04
29 Dampier   Australia MT 88,880 -3,348 -3.63
30 Tokyo   Japan FT 88,475 5,530 6.67
31 Shenzhen   China MT 87,670 11,788 15.53
32 Richards Bay   South Africa HT 87,521 6,012 7.38
33 Newcastle   Australia MT 82,712 5,825 7.58
34 Beaumont   United States MT 79,470 1,480 1.90
35 Kobe   Japan FT 78,759 158 0.20
36 Tubarão   Brazil MT 77,621 1,756 2.31
37 Hay Point   Australia MT 77,546 2,874 3.85
38 New Orleans   United States MT 76,116 -1,047 -1.36
39 Le Havre   France MT 71,493 3,795 5.61
40 Huntington   United States MT 70,483 -3,107 -4.22
41 Corpus Christi, Texas   United States MT 70,105 4,743 7.26
42 Itaqui   Brazil MT 67,591 2,649 4.08
43 Vancouver   Canada MT 66,727 3,926 6.25
44 Amsterdam   Netherlands MT 65,461 -4,956 -7.04
45 Port of Jebel Ali   United Arab Emirates MT 63,626    
46 Long Beach   United States MT 62,816 1,201 1.95
47 Santos   Brazil MT 60,077 6,603 12.35
48 Gladstone   Australia MT 59,661 5,195 9.54
49 Algeciras   Spain MT 56,682    
50 Grimsby & Immingham   United Kingdom MT 55,931    

2002Edit

Rank Port Country Measure Tons (000s)
1   Singapore   Singapore MT 335,156
2   Rotterdam   Netherlands MT 321,851
3   Shanghai   China MT 238,606
4   South Louisiana   United States MT 196,445
5   Hong Kong   China MT 192,510
6   Houston   United States MT 161,190
7   Chiba   Japan FT 158,929
8   Nagoya   Japan FT 158,020
9   Gwangyang   South Korea RT 153,447
10   Ningbo   China MT 150,000
11   Ulsan   South Korea RT 148,412
12   Incheon   South Korea RT 146,181
13   Busan   South Korea RT 143,772
14   Guangzhou   China MT 140,395
15   Antwerp   Belgium MT 131,629
16   Kaohsiung   Taiwan MT 129,414
17   Tianjin   China MT 129,000
18   New York/New Jersey   United States MT 122,103
19   Qinhuangdao   China MT 121,152
20   Qingdao   China MT 120,000
21   Yokohama   Japan FT 118,072
22   Dalian   China MT 107,538
23   Hamburg   Germany MT 98,272
24   Marseille   France MT 92,261
25   Dampier   Australia MT 92,228
26   Osaka   Japan FT 86,499
27   Kitakyushu   Japan FT 84,249
28   Tokyo   Japan FT 82,945
29   Klang   Malaysia FT 82,271
30   Port Hedland   Australia MT 81,758
31   Richards Bay   South Africa MT 81,509
32   Kobe   Japan FT 78,601
33   Beaumont   United States MT 77,990
34   New Orleans   United States MT 77,163
35   Newcastle   Australia MT 76,887
36   Shenzhen   China MT 75,882
37   Tubarão   Brazil MT 75,865
38   Hay Point   Australia MT 74,672
39   Huntington   United States MT 73,590
40   Amsterdam   Netherlands MT 70,417
41   Le Havre   France MT 67,698
42   Corpus Christi   United States MT 65,362
43   Itaqui   Brazil MT 64,942
44   Novorossiysk   Russia MT 63,291
45   Vancouver   Canada MT 62,801
46   Long Beach   United States MT 61,615
47   Baton Rouge   United States MT 54,997
48   Gladstone   Australia MT 54,466
49   Plaquemines   United States MT 53,661
50   Santos   Brazil MT 53,474

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2016
  2. ^ "Global Port Development Annual Report (2016)".
  3. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2015
  4. ^ "Global Port Development Annual Report (2015)".
  5. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2014
  6. ^ "Global Port Development Annual Report (2014)".
  7. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2013
  8. ^ "Global Port Development Annual Report (2013)".
  9. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2012
  10. ^ "Global Port Development Annual Report (2012)".
  11. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2011
  12. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2010
  13. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2009
  14. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2008
  15. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2007 Archived April 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ AAPA World Port Rankings 2006
  17. ^ a b AAPA World Port Rankings 2005 (archive link, was dead)
  18. ^ a b AAPA World Port Rankings 2004 (archive link, was dead)